Today we would like to share with you about two students who are learning at our Music and Art School called “Rainbow of sounds.” They are siblings, ten and thirteen years old, who were born here in Israel.
It so happened, by the Lord’s guidance, that one of our team members met their grandmother at the beach. When she told the lady that she worked at a music and art school run by Return to Zion Ministry in Haifa, the grandmother expressed the desire to visit so that the teachers could listen to her grandchildren and evaluate their musical abilities.
It turned out that they are very talented, and since then they have been taking lessons at our school – each one on two instruments. We loaned two violins to them; however, with the piano it was much more complicated. Those bright and talented kids have been receiving lessons for a year and a half already, but they have not had the chance to purchase a piano or violin for themselves. However, the most inspiring thing is that they are not losing heart or interest despite these challenges. On the contrary, they are practicing and preparing for concerts, even if they must train at home using a piano keyboard printed out on paper!
The lack of finances and and other issues make it challenging for these children to learn to their full potential. Regardless of all those obstacles, they are not losing hope, and they do not allow themselves to eat until they have finished practicing, thinking that, if they do not complete their practice, they do not deserve a meal.
After each lesson, they always thank the teacher. Their grandmother is paying the subsidized tuition fee. Their mother is not interested in her kids’ musical or artistic progress, and their father has abandoned them and their mother. Despite the situation in their family, the siblings rush to our music school for their lessons. The grandmother sacrificially pays for the subsidized tuition fee for her beloved grandkids with the attitude that “every shekel adds up.” She also participates in each of the kid’s musical group lessons with them and even sings in the kids’ choir. The teachers and students are now used to her being there.
Such aspiration towards creativity and art at an advanced age is admirable and an example for all kids at our Music and Art School. We are taking on the challenge of helping these talented, underprivileged children and others like them. Your prayers and a gift of $150 monthly will enable one child to continue to advance with their talents towards a bright future in Israel.
Thank you for being a faithful supporter of Return to Zion and for your love for the Jewish people in Israel and around the world. We are grateful for your partnership.
Shavei Tzion Ministry
Haifa, Israel, ShaveiTzion.org